Girls dressed as Hindu deity Krishna take selfies before attending the celebrations of Janamashtami in Mumbai. Janmashtami celebrates the first earthly appearance, or the birth, of Lord Krishna. Celebrated by 930 million people all around the world, it is a holiday that brings spiritual renewal and the celebration of new beginnings and a fresh new year. The celebrations begin at midnight, the time when Krishna is thought to have been born in 3228 BC. Krishna is one of the most important and loved deities in Hinduism because he is the embodiment of divine joy and love. He was born and entered the world to establish the religion of love. Krishna’s love is universal, and he is often shown as playing a flute and standing near a sacred cow. Krishna survived many mortal dangers throughout his life, and he is celebrated for his intellect as well as his strength and agility. Krishna is not loved only for being a divine teacher, but also because he signifies lighting the fire of Divine Power that exists within everyone.